Google Analytics Premium was announced today. Finally. It wasn’t really a secret. What do you get for an enterprise fee? Dedicated support, a number to call, no data caps, some attribution modeling (nice), and now, 50 custom variables. There’s good literature around disruptive innovation in web analytics, with a very specific vocabulary and model build around. Is this disruptive or incremental? The increase to 50 custom variables is purely an increment on an established dimension. Enterprise support is incremental from the previous version of support. They did have a type of support. It was vague. But it was there. So that’s an increment. Increasing data caps is incremental. The guarantees are incremental. There was protection in the past. There’s more[…]

A lot happened at the F8 developers conference last week, the most significant was changes to the Facebook GraphRank and the Social-Product Graph. Instead of offering a single degree of freedom, to ‘like’ anything or remain silent, it will be possible for people to state (verb) + (noun) something. I have ‘read’ + ‘this book’. I have ‘watched’ + ‘dexter’. I have ‘eaten’ + ‘breakfast’. And, I hope, I have ‘bought’ + ‘this phone’. This goes to the notion of ‘friction’. Frictionless The term ‘frictionless’ was used a lot at the conference and this has significance. Friction is resistance to sharing information. It’s caused by technology, experience interruptions, and by, yourself. Let’s start with you. There’s a pretty good model,[…]

“The future belongs to the companies and people that turn data into products.”– Mike Loukides, O’Reilly Radar, June 2010. One of my favourite thinkers, Mike Loukides, repeated and expanded on that today. And a good thing too. It’s not as though product development alone is easy. Even when armed with the tears of hundreds of thousands of developers as a reference guide, you’re bound to contribute several of your own to the corpus. Google Search is the most familiar example of turning data into product. And it has a few effects you know about. We all know several dozens of people who can explain SEO in high detail. I know only four people who can describe the mechanic behind PageRank[…]

Darryl Ohrt consistently produces very divergent and relevant content. I’ve been visiting his blog regularly for about a year, and it’s pretty awesome. He founded an agency, Humongo, some 15 years ago. He recently left. He wrote about it in AdAge. What caught my eye were four questions he asks himself: “For me, the ultimate decision came down to a few factors. I found that I couldn’t answer “yes” to all of these questions: Are you doing something that scares you nearly every day? Are you having fun every day? Are you proud of what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day? Are you consistently learning something new?” These are pretty good criterion. The first criterion is about comfort[…]

Analytics is alive and growing in Toronto. This post summarizes what I know I know. If you define analytics as being ‘the scientific method applied to data to generate sustainable advantage’, then there are three major concentrations of practitioners: finance, marketing and operations. The financial sector breaks out into the risk management and the speculation fields. There’s a higher self-referential graph amongst the risk management people in insurance than there are on the banking side. The speculation analytics folks are at severe disadvantage against their New York counterparts. If there’s a thriving hedge fund section in our community, I don’t know about it. Marketing is divided between startups, CRM vendors, agencies, and client side (which includes data mining and web[…]

S-Curves are awesome. They’re ultra-reliable. They’re among the best tools in social analytics that you’re not using. They’re not really accessible. The math is particularly ugly/beautiful. That’s why I’m excited about Google correlates draw function: Anybody can draw this super powerful curve and explore. Check it out. The first step is to draw an S-Curve. I drew one below. I’m looking for a technology that took a few years to remain in innovator mode, had hyper growth begin in 2007, and then took about a year to reach saturation.   Google Correlate found it. It’s CakePHP.   What about another technology, say, one that was adopted and then fell out of use the same way it came in. Draw out the[…]